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-- Philip Weller, November 13, 1941 - February 1, 2021
Dr. Weller, an Eastern Washington University professor of English and Shakespearean scholar for more than 50 years.

Shakespeare's Sonnets Navigator Summary of Sonnet 102 in the Table of Contents Notes for Sonnet 102

Shakespeare's Sonnet 102


  1    My love is strength'ned, though more weak in seeming;
  2    I love not less, though less the show appear;
  3    That love is merchandiz'd whose rich esteeming
  4    The owner's tongue doth publish every where.
  5    Our love was new, and then but in the spring,
  6    When I was wont to greet it with my lays,
  7    As Philomel in summer's front doth sing,
  8    And stops her pipe in growth of riper days;
  9    Not that the summer is less pleasant now
 10    Than when her mournful hymns did hush the night,
 11    But that wild music burthens every bough,
 12    And sweets grown common lose their dear delight.
 13      Therefore like her, I sometime hold my tongue,
 14      Because I would not dull you with my song.

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